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IPL 2022 Mega Auctions: What will be Gujarat Titans’ strategy?

It will be interesting to watch the strategy of the new Ahmedabad-based franchise during the high intensity bidding war in Bengaluru.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 10 February 2022 12:41 pm

With each passing day, the cricket fraternity’s curiosity over IPL 2022 mega auction is growing. We all know that the upcoming 15th edition of the Indian Premier League will have two new teams, which will make the T20 tournament bigger than ever. While the Hardik Pandya-led Ahmedabad franchise has recently revealed their official name, “Ahmedabad Titans,” it will be interesting to watch the strategy of the new franchise during high intense bidding. SportsTiger is attempting to solve the puzzle by analysing Ahmedabad Titan’s strategy for mega-auction.

Retained Players:

Hardik Pandya (Captain) – Rs 15 crore

Rashid Khan – Rs 15 Crore

Shubman Gill – Rs 8 Crore

Pursue Amount deducted: 38 crore

Purse Amount left: 52 crore

Roles of retained players:

Hardik Pandya (Captain, all-rounder, finisher)

Rashid Khan (lead spinner)

Shubham Gilla (opening batter)

Number of slots available: 22

Overseas Slots available: 7

What will Gujarat Titans look for in IPL 2022?

The franchise has already created a lot of buzz by retaining players like dynamic Hardik Pandya, forever in-form Rashid Khan and a young batting talent in Shubhman Gill. Also, the presence of Ashish Nehra and Garry Kristen as head coach and mentor, respectively, can do wonders for the franchise. The franchise has the daunting task ahead as the team will be looking to build a formidable team for the tournament. Ahmedabad franchise will now be looking to rope in two-dimensional players who can contribute to more than one department.

Players who will be on Gujarat Titans’ radar:

Ishan Kishan: (Wicket-keeper batsman) – base price 2 crore

Ishan Kishan is a wicketkeeper batsman who opens the innings. The respective franchise can put extra effort into buying Kishan, as they need someone with excellent cricketing skills to open the innings alongside Shubham Gill. Kishan’s recent performance in the 1st ODI was one of the takeaways f0r team India, and considering his past performances, Kishan might create a bidding war in Bengaluru with several teams keeping an eye on him.

Shardul Thakur (All-rounder): base price 2 crore

Another domestic talent who will surely make a lot of buzz in auctions. Thakur has created a name for himself in less time and is widely regarded as ‘Lord Shardul Thakur’ by his fans. The Ahmedabad franchise may attempt to rope him in with his ability to provide crucial breakthroughs to skipper and being a prolific batter. Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya can make a lethal pair of all-rounders a team can imagine having.

Suresh Raina (all-rounder): base price 2 crore

Suresh Raina has been one of the consistent players in the IPL. His ability to hit big shots, provide crucial wickets and exceptional fielding make him insanely essential players in the game’s shortest format. His contribution to the success of Chennai Super Kings is unparalleled, and the franchise can look to have him in their squad. Ahmedabad franchise can consider bidding for him, as his experience will eventually help skipper Pandya.

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